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Alasdair McAndrew
Victoria University
Melbourne, Australia

Alasdair works at Victoria University (Melbourne Australia), where he currently teaches mathematics and leads the mathematics teaching team. He has taught digital image processing and cryptography, and is particularly interested in the interface between mathematics and computing. He is passionate about the appropriate use of technology for education, and is a contributor to a number of open-source projects. His current interest is in mathematics education, and his greatest delight is when a student gets an “aha!” moment in his class. He has published in the fields of mathematics education, image processing, computing education, and computational geometry, and has recently completed his third book.

He has been awarded a national citation “for outstanding contribution to student learning,” and is also a long-standing mentor of other teachers, many of whom have also won national awards under his mentorship. He also works for the Australian government body that oversees quality in tertiary education, and reviews courses and teaching throughout the country. He also assesses applications for national awards and grants.

He has given seminars on mathematics and technology across Australia, as well as in America and Southeast Asia.

He is an active reviewer for journals and conferences, and is on the editorial board of Research Journal of Mathematics & Technology and its associated online journal and conference, and an editor of Journal of Applied Research and Technology (Elsevier).

As well as his academic degrees, he has a Certificate II in bicycle maintenance. He has published a little poetry, and has made several media appearances. He is married with five children, one dog and two cats, and not nearly enough time.


Numerical analysis: theory and experiments
Sutton B.,  SIAM-Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadelphia, PA, 2019. 431 pp. Type: Book (978-1-611975-69-7)

In the depressingly similar world of numerical analysis textbooks, Sutton’s book is a welcome relief. It is based on MATLAB, but differently to most. Many of the included methods are those not covered in other books (although there’s n...


Linear algebra for computational sciences and engineering (2nd ed.)
Neri F.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 574 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030213-20-6)

This is supposedly an improved and expanded version of the first edition, which I have not seen, so I am considering this text purely on its individual merits....


Making noise: using sound-art to explore technological fluency
Brunvand E., McCurdy N.  ACM Inroads 8(2): 60-65, 2017. Type: Article

A computing course for non-majors, where the students explored sound art--art for which sound is the principle medium--is described in this article. Note that sound art is distinct from music (although there may be some overlap), a disti...


 Revolutionizing education with digital ink: the impact of pen and touch technology on education
Hammond T., Valentine S., Adler A.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 385 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319311-91-3)

This volume of conference proceedings from the 2015 Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education (WIPTTE) consists of papers by some of the leading educators in the field. I am fascinated by educational technology and its promis...


 Introduction to modern cryptography (2nd ed.)
Katz J., Lindell Y.,  Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2014. 603 pp. Type: Book (978-1-466570-26-9), Reviews: (1 of 3)

In contrast to many introductory cryptography texts, this one concentrates on the theory of cryptography: what is in fact meant by security? How can security be measured? What are the conditions under which a cryptosystem (or hash function, or any...


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